To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(1) if she will estimate the cost of setting up a border inspection post for the entry of horses to the UK by sea; [218711 ]
(2) whether there is a border inspection post for the entry of horses by sea into the UK; and if she will make a statement.
There are no border inspection posts at seaports approved to inspect horses imported from countries outside the European Union.
Port operators, carriers or agents are free to provide such facilities based on commercial need: facilities are not provided by Government. Defra does not have access to figures relating to the costs of setting up a border inspection post for imports of live horses.